Lastly and slightly differently, self-assembling water-borne robots
Aquatic bristlebots which are essentially simulating molecular behaviour at a macro level using brownian motion… using an energy supply technique borrowed from dodgems:
Which for some reason makes me think of the time when I was working for a major Blue-Chip in London… it was christmas so I went totally overboard and decked out the IT dept with a hell of a lot of tinsel… and every time anyone’s head brushed against it, they’d get million volts of static electricity going into their brains.
I don’t think it had a detrimental effect on their performance etc. There would be momentary disorientation, then they’d carry on with whatever it was they were doing. I think for some of them it probably did them some good.